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Old Jubilation - Avery Brewing Company

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Old JubilationOld Jubilation

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BA SCORE
87
very good

1,312 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 1,312
Reviews: 755
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 10.91%
Wants: 38
Gots: 45 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
Avery Brewing Company visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
Old Ale |  8.30% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 04-05-2002)
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blitheringidiot

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dim prune mahogany hued with a 1/4" dark khaki head, peppered with bubbles rising. Despite being dark, some light wisps through the pour, with lace 'o plenty scattered across the surface.

Some non-descript scents of malty candi fruit that, with a few swirls evoked a Vodka like aroma.

First Swigs: Dark fruit. BArk woody & some dry sort of hop flavor balance. This strong ABV leads to awl-kee-hawl detectable taste. Marascino cherry and fig fruit. Malty dry Fig Newton aftertaste. Brown sugar and rum cake with maltiness.

Medium feel and body at best. Sugary, and a buttery coating of tacky lolipop.

Last swigs: Sherry awl-kee-hawl with maybe whiskey malt? This would be good by the fireplace going. Vodka in a carrot cake.

Beer is good. Happy beering.

Serving type: on-tap

02-12-2005 20:05:44 | More by blitheringidiot
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karst

Missouri

4.22/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours clear mahogany brown color- ruby if held to a bright winter sun, the head rose 2 fingers or more of good light tan foam, the lace a filmy sheet persisted and finally receeded to the edge in a ring. The floral-citrus aroma of the hops and sweet malt blend with a hint of alcohol. I reminesse of brandy like on tap brews tasted at Schlafly's 2005 Winter Beer Fest that I found thickly malted and tangy with great mouthfeel and returned to again and again. Jubilation finishes with a big acidic feeland the hop spiciness, dry and lingering goodbye.

Serving type: bottle

02-11-2005 14:43:20 | More by karst
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apintofknowledge

New Jersey

2.48/5  rDev -35.6%
look: 4 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

The beer poured a deep brown, with a thin tan head. The aroma reminded me of sour milk, with mild fumes of alcohol coming through.

The taste overall was overpowered by the very bitter hops, which were extremely present in the finish. The alcohol came through as well. Some notes of toasted nuts, malt and unsweetened chocolate were somewhere in there, but at times muddled in the hops and alcohol. I couldn't taste any spices often associated with winter warmers.

I can see why some might enjoy this, but for one who enjoys more malty & spiced winter warmers, this isn't my beer.

Serving type: bottle

02-04-2005 18:31:40 | More by apintofknowledge
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Maestro

Pennsylvania

4.28/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This was a nice suprise. The big, bubbly head turns into a thick, whipped lacing. The color is dark red/brown and only allows a small bit of light to shine through. The nose is a sweet, malty sensation that lets the slightest breath of hops come through. The first taste reveals all sorts of flavors...chocolate, raisin, fig and apple come to mind. The "Jubilation" is evident as the alcohol makes itself known rather quickly. Definitely a sipper. The flavors become more pronounced as the beer warms. This is a great winter warmer!

Serving type: bottle

02-01-2005 00:56:46 | More by Maestro
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BeerAngel

Texas

4.2/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown yet clear color with a very modest, but dense light tan head. The aroma is of roasted malts, chocolate, and buttery diacetyl. At first the diacetyl was overwhelming, but after sitting for a bit, the smell improved. The taste is a very creamy smooth repeat of the aroma (although a better balance of the buttery flavor) along with a nice blend of hops taking a backseat to the malts. This smooth beer is a medium to heavy bodied beer that drinks down really well for the ABV. Very likeable beer! Thanks to pineywoodsrooter for this one! Cheers!

Serving type: bottle

01-22-2005 04:47:44 | More by BeerAngel
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sweethome

Illinois

4.18/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

2004 version. Pour is dark with a crimson hue to light. Very big piney nose. SIgnificant malts too - plumy.

The maltiness is there upfront, but the hops come on (this is Avery!) big midmouth. A great roastiness dances in and out with a fruity sweetness. A huge hoppy finish of pine, grapefruit - and more of the plum.

This beer is big. Alcohol warmth is there - but not burning. It pushes me just to endge - slightly harsh, but enough complex flavors to get me. I thought the 2003 version went just over that edge. This year, it does not. A fine version of an americanized style. My favorite Strong Ale of this season (so far).

Serving type: bottle

01-17-2005 03:05:35 | More by sweethome
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clvand0

Kentucky

4.28/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had this on tap at Rich O's Public House. Pours a medium brown color with a tall head and doesn't leave much lacing on the glass. The aroma has lots of citrus hops but also has a nice malty backbone. The flavor has a great caramel malt character, but is joined by the citrus hop flavors. More hoppy than expected, but very well balanced. Very enjoyable. Drinkability is great for an 8% brew.

Serving type: on-tap

01-16-2005 23:28:34 | More by clvand0
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SheepNutz

Kentucky

4.2/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

On-tap poured into a pint glass. It pours a deep brown-red color with two fingers of head. There is no lacing on the glass. The smell is sweet and malty, with a touch of chocolate and some candied plums. The taste is fairly light. Nice and sweet with more dark fruit and just a hint of caramel as well. The mouthfeel was fairly nice and strong. The drinkability was unlike anything I've ever seen from Avery. This is an 8% beer, and it drinks like it's under 4%. I could easily have a few of these.

Serving type: on-tap

01-11-2005 06:01:15 | More by SheepNutz
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gbontrag

Colorado

3.65/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Just brown, dark brown. Fluffy toasted froth. Holds well. Beautiful lace. Toasted whole wheat bread burnt on the edges, made with a touch of molasses, spread with homemade syrup; good hop funk steps through, and boogies on down the palate. Jazzy mouthfeel. Warming. Creamy. Mocha cappuccino made with Italian roast.

Serving type: bottle

01-09-2005 22:58:48 | More by gbontrag
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shapudding

Pennsylvania

4.22/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

No dating. Poured out a clear and dark, rubied at the edge with just a dusting of light, white cloudiness floating across the top and edges. Dark scents of coffee, chocolate, and hoppiness. Perfect amount of carbination IMHO, just a bit of it in there. Tastes of burnt toast, black coffee, dark chocolate. Nice hoppiness to it. Darkness, dark caramelly sweetness... .very good. Leaves tons of flavor in your mouth after each sip. Nicely drinkable for those who head to the beers with alot of flavor, stout/porter lovers. Very enjoyable one.

Chosen from the list of "beers for men" at the FlatRock in Manyunk, how freakin' funny!

Serving type: bottle

01-09-2005 20:46:33 | More by shapudding
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kmpitz2

Tennessee

4.33/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer poured a deep ruby brown color with a small head that didn't have much retention at all. Citrusy and spicey hops dominated the aroma, with a sweet caramel background in there as well. The flavor was much the same as the aroma, wtih sweet citrusy hop and nice spicey hop laying over a nice caramel backdrop. The feel was moderate to thick. Overall, I enjoyed this beer. IT was very smooth and I could easily have had a full 20 oz pint.

Serving type: on-tap

01-08-2005 16:44:02 | More by kmpitz2
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alexgash

Connecticut

4.03/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Amber to shoe-leather brown. Ruby highlights and a big, foamy, cream-colored head. Fumes of sweet, toffeish malt. Adequately malty for the winter. Big piney, scotch tape hops fill in.
Taste begins with the sweet toffe malt, along with raisins and spicy licorice. Nice. But this is an Avery beer, and the hops come on strong. Big, sappy, with a little scotch tape. Bitter enough to balance the rich malts. Full-bodied, and warming.

Serving type: bottle

01-05-2005 22:54:57 | More by alexgash
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beerceller99

Louisiana

4.03/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle from 2004. Pours a clear light brown hue with a two finger head; Nice lacing. Smells of sweet malts and alcohol. Medium bodied with a rich, full mouthfeel. Very fine flavor of roasted malts, spices and caramel. Slight bitter hop/alcohol taste to finish.
A pretty good winter brew.

Serving type: bottle

01-04-2005 19:21:21 | More by beerceller99
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Bierguy5

Ohio

3.9/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle, no freshness dating. Pours a clear deep mahogany color with a white foamy head. Good head retention, and nice lace on the sides of the glass. Caramel and nutty smells. Big toffee malt character, combined with some hop bitterness. Very well balanced. Alcohol is somewhat noticable. Medium body, moderate carbonation. Very nice winter warmer. Big, well-balanced.

Serving type: bottle

12-26-2004 14:35:56 | More by Bierguy5
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Billolick

New York

4.08/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 ouncer sampled, no freshness dating. Pours very dark almond, clear, dark tan head, tiny bubbles , frothy, well dispersed sticky lacing. Nose is malty, spicy, oats. Rich,creamy solid mouthfeel. Bold malty body, some winter spice picked up, nutmeg,cinimon,ginger. Tasty and warming with alcohol well in background. 2 or 3 of these and I'll be seeing two old Saint Nicks! Fine winter warmer, seek and enjoy.

Serving type: bottle

12-24-2004 15:17:57 | More by Billolick
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GreatPondBrewer

California

4.33/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a deep brown color with splotches of red hue around the corner of the pint glass. There was some bubbly head that slicked over the top, but nothing lasting. The smell was sweet caramel and toffee flavored. The taste was minimal in the hops department, but had plenty of sweet coffee, toffee and chocolate flavors. Good crisp mouthfeel. This is a great beer to sip while sitting next to a roaring fire.

Serving type: bottle

12-21-2004 00:20:43 | More by GreatPondBrewer
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AlexJ

North Carolina

4.08/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours darker than expected, deep red/brown with a superbly thick and creamy head that lingers until the end with intricate lacing. Aroma is mild, too mild, but I pick up on dark roasted malts, cocoa, light caramels, ans very German-smelling hops. Flavor is dark and malty upfront with a decent amount of chocolate malts, and finishes with a blast of warming, spicy hops. Tastes better room temp, smells better too as it warms. Matlier than expected but balanced by a hefty dose of sprucey, piney hops. Medium mouthfeel and thickness. Nice, soft carbonation make it quaffible. Alcohol makes it's presence known at the end as it warms my belly. I like, I like!!!

Serving type: bottle

12-12-2004 16:30:41 | More by AlexJ
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ncbrewerbun

North Carolina

3.78/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Brown 12-ounce bottle with no dates, but a really nice looking winter picture on the label.

This beer poured a sparkling clear reddish brown, maybe mahogany, with a nice off-white head that lasted and lasted, ending up lacing the glass as this beer was nursed.

I poured this beer a little too cold for the style. The hops greeted me first with some detectable maltiness. As it warmed, the malt came through more.

Good balance to this beer, but even as it warmed it favored the hops. An enjoyable warming, fitting for a winter brew.

Enjoy one or a few over the holidays.

Serving type: bottle

12-05-2004 03:06:31 | More by ncbrewerbun
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MarcGetty

Pennsylvania

3.8/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

My local beer store gave me a free six pack of Old Jubilation for the trouble they caused me by screwing up my keg special order (different beer) for two weeks straight. I mentioned that I liked Avery's The Reverend, thus I got this for free to try.

I'm not a huge fan of hoppy beers, but this is pretty good.

Little to no head to speak of, but that is okay with me. Little to no smell, but that is okay with me too. For a thick dark beer it drinks okay as well.

I would not buy another six pack, but then again, this is not my thing. If you like hoppy beers, I would definitely give this one a try.

Serving type: bottle

11-28-2004 23:40:48 | More by MarcGetty
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brentk56

North Carolina

4.05/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Deep cola brown with a nice head and relatively good lacing

Smell: Hazelnuts, caramel and some dark fruit; a nice fresh hops smell as well

Taste: Starts out with caramel, nuts and raisins and picks up some grapefruit hops in the middle; both sweet and bitter flavors battle it out to the finish but the hops ultimately are dominant.

Mouthfeel: Medium/thick bodied with good carbonation

Drinkability: Very satisfying with good complexity; I note from Avery's website that they consider this an English Strong Ale rather than a Winter Warmer

Serving type: bottle

11-22-2004 22:38:53 | More by brentk56
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Gavage

New Jersey

4.1/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Nice bronze color with a 1" head. Strong lacing forms on the glass during the session. The aroma is of malt, raisins, and a hint of spice. The flavor has many flavor components such as malt, plum, raisin, caramel, nice bitterness, and mild chocolate tones. Medium bodied and for a winter ale it seemed slightly thin.

The start was smooth with a mildly crisp finish. Alcohol was barely noticeable. The caramel seemed to ride the tongue the longest after swallowing. Since this is not overboard with strong flavors, I found this to be quite enjoyably drinkable - more than one can easily be quaffed.

Serving type: bottle

11-20-2004 22:51:02 | More by Gavage
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oracle

Indiana

4.58/5  rDev +19%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

clear deep brown color. Large head that practially coated the glass with lacing.

Smell largely hops, with a unusual spiceness and sweetness to it.

This is a pretty well hopped beer, yet for all those hops there is a really unusual spicyness to it that makes it absolutely wonderful.
Slightly sweet, but not cloying or overpoweringly sweet.

A fantastics example of the winter warmer style

Serving type: on-tap

11-18-2004 16:49:09 | More by oracle
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GCBrewingCo

North Carolina

3.93/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer arrived at the table crystal clear deep amber with an extremely long lasting head which laced and almost coated the glass.

The aroma was deeply malty with camael and dark fruits and a very nice floral hop presence which was slightly citrusy. The alcohol content led to an estery component of the aroma.

The flavor was lightly spicy with a dark caramel and candy presence. The flavor had a nice malt backbone and a nice bittering component. The maltiness was deep and full of dark fruits.

The finish was just dry with lasting bittering lasting long into the aftertaste. The body was medium full. The alcohol warming was present and appreciated...

Pint on tap at Bass Lake Draft House in Holly Springs, NC. Yee Haw! I don't know how this one got by the alcohol police in NC, but keep 'em coming...

Serving type: on-tap

11-12-2004 23:20:53 | More by GCBrewingCo
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Pegasus

Texas

4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Clear reddish-amber color with a nice and persistent off-white head, slight lacing and small streams of slow-rising bubbles.

Aroma: Rich, toasty malt aroma with subtle hints of spices and herbal hops.

Taste: Begins with rich and sweet caramel malt flavor with bitter chocolate and nut flavors following on and hints of dark fruit flavors. Finishes with a lingering herbal hop bitterness. The alcohol is warming, but very subtle.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, rich, and full, no hint of carbonation on the tongue.

Drinkability/notes: A excellent winter beer which seems to adhere to the Winter Warmer style quite well. Not to be missed.

Serving type: bottle

11-07-2004 16:58:14 | More by Pegasus
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Jarod

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer came to me a rich mahogany red color that was crystal clear, and well carbonated. The head that was created was a light tan/beige color, creamy and bubbly in consistency, and it lasted fairly well considering it sat at the bar for a few moments before it made its way to me. The lace that was produced was fairly intricate and present all throughout the glass down to the last sip. The aromas that came forth were on the non-complex side, sweet malts, grains, dark fruits (raisons, prunes, plums), some earth notes as it warmed, hops and some alcohol notes. The flavors showed more complexity then the aromas, notes of chocolate malts (tad bitter), dark fruits (raisons, plums, prunes), which complimented the bitter chocolate, light hops (spice) tad on the alcohol and hops throughout. If finished on the slight bitter side (chocolate malts) with slight spice and on the dry side. Body was on the fuller side. Again one of those beers that become more complex as it warms. A good seasonal beer.

Serving type: on-tap

11-07-2004 11:56:31 | More by Jarod
Old Jubilation from Avery Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 1,312 ratings.